Amos Lee announces new album, tour
Amos Lee has revealed plans for his first tour in support of his forthcoming album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song. The fall trek will include a stop in Massachusetts with a show scheduled for Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, November 23. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $29.50 to $45, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Jessica Lea Mayfield will also perform.
Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee’ fifth studio effort and follow-up to 2011’s Mission Bell, will be released on October 8. Lee recorded the 12-song collection in Nashville with Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Eric Church). It marks his first recording with Lee’s longtime touring band – comprising Freddie Berman, Zach Djanikian, Andy Keenan and Jaron Olevsky – and the first album ever recorded at St. Charles, producer Joyce’s brand new studio, which is housed in a converted East Nashville church.
“I’ve always enjoyed it down there, so I thought I’d bring my band and see how a bunch of Philly guys fit in,” said Lee of the recording process in a press release. “Jay brings a musicality, a different kind of ear. He definitely hears things in ways that I don’t, and brings out extra dimensions in the songs.”
Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song features a pair of special collaborations. Alison Krauss joins Lee on “Chill In The Air” and Patty Griffin sings harmony on “Mountains of Sorrow”, a song inspired by Lee’s visit to Levon Helm’s barn in Woodstock, where he appeared at the legendary drummer’s “Midnight Ramble” not long before Helm’s death. Instrumentalists Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson and Family) and Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) also contribute to the record.
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Lee will donate $1 from each ticket sold for the upcoming tour to “Musicians On Call”, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.